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Program #16157RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
7,000 ft elevation. Those with heart or lung concerns should consult physician before attending.

Itinerary for Jun 24 — Jun 29, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Four floors with 2 elevators, 128 rooms. Conveniently close to shopping. One quarter mile to Northern Arizona University. 2 miles to historic downtown Flagstaff. Wide range of cuisine available at nearby restaurants.

Contact info:
2015 S Beulah Blvd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA
phone: 928-556-8666
web: www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?ident=LQ939&propId=939

Room amenities: Free WIFI, dataport phones, premium cable channels, coffee maker, hair dryer, clock.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool and spa, fitness center. Deluxe continental breakfast. Guest coin operated laundry available. Free local calls. Participants requesting a refrigerator for medicine can have access to a locked refrigerator that is located in the hotel lobby area. Lobby microwave available to guests 24 hours. Safety deposit box at front desk available to all guests. Roll away beds for $10.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal
Call local La Quinta for the rates available during your stay (928) 556-8666. NOTE: When they get the pre-recorded information they must hit the "6" option, to connect with group sales, which has the information about Road Scholar groups.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, June 24 - Registration/Orientation & Introductions
Note: Walk two blocks each way for dinner

Afternoon: Hotel check-in, register with program coordinator in hotel meeting room.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Orientation to program, introductions to other participants.

Lodging: Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Four floors with 2 elevators, 128 rooms. Conveniently close to shopping. One quarter mile to Northern Arizona University. 2 miles to historic downtown Flagstaff. Wide range of cuisine available at nearby restaurants.

Contact info:
2015 S Beulah Blvd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA
phone: 928-556-8666
web: www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?ident=LQ939&propId=939

Room amenities: Free WIFI, dataport phones, premium cable channels, coffee maker, hair dryer, clock.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool and spa, fitness center. Deluxe continental breakfast. Guest coin operated laundry available. Free local calls. Participants requesting a refrigerator for medicine can have access to a locked refrigerator that is located in the hotel lobby area. Lobby microwave available to guests 24 hours. Safety deposit box at front desk available to all guests. Roll away beds for $10.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal
Call local La Quinta for the rates available during your stay (928) 556-8666. NOTE: When they get the pre-recorded information they must hit the "6" option, to connect with group sales, which has the information about Road Scholar groups.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, June 25 - Our Place in the Universe/Lowell Observatory/Arch...
Note: Optional walk to NAU Campus 3/4 mile; Walk 200 yards to Lunch; Walking tour around Lowell Observatory

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.

Morning: After breakfast, shuttle or walk to NAU for the morning presentation on "Our Place in the Universe". This lecture will give an overview of the Universe from its origins, the "Big Bang Theory", to how stars are born, the creation of our solar system, and current discoveries/thoughts on subjects such as dark matter, string theory, and more.

Lunch: Walk 200 yards to lunch at the south campus University dining facility. Enjoy a wide selection of items including a salad and soup bar, sandwich bar, pastas, hot chicken sandwiches, mexican wraps, and more.

Afternoon: For the afternoon we have a field trip to Lowell Observatory for a walking history tour. We will see the 24 inch Clark Telescope that Percival Lowell used to study Mars, the Pluto Discovery Scope, the Rotunda and the Exhibit Hall. Founded in 1894 by astronomer Percival Lowell, the Observatory is among the oldest observatories in the United States and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965. The Observatory's original 24-inch Alvan Clark Telescope is still in use today for public education. Also located on the Mars Hill campus is the 13-inch (0.33-meter) Pluto Discovery Telescope, used by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 to discover the dwarf planet Pluto. Lowell Observatory is currently building the 4.2-meter Discovery Channel Telescope in partnership with Discovery Communications, Inc.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: The evening presentation will be on the night sky, telescopes or another topic of interest.

Lodging: Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Four floors with 2 elevators, 128 rooms. Conveniently close to shopping. One quarter mile to Northern Arizona University. 2 miles to historic downtown Flagstaff. Wide range of cuisine available at nearby restaurants.

Contact info:
2015 S Beulah Blvd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA
phone: 928-556-8666
web: www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?ident=LQ939&propId=939

Room amenities: Free WIFI, dataport phones, premium cable channels, coffee maker, hair dryer, clock.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool and spa, fitness center. Deluxe continental breakfast. Guest coin operated laundry available. Free local calls. Participants requesting a refrigerator for medicine can have access to a locked refrigerator that is located in the hotel lobby area. Lobby microwave available to guests 24 hours. Safety deposit box at front desk available to all guests. Roll away beds for $10.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Seasonal
Call local La Quinta for the rates available during your stay (928) 556-8666. NOTE: When they get the pre-recorded information they must hit the "6" option, to connect with group sales, which has the information about Road Scholar groups.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, June 26 - Meteor Crater/NASA Projects
Note: One mile guided walk along rim of Meteor Crater

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.

Morning: After breakfast, travel to Meteor Crater. Meteor Crater is lauded as the first proven and best preserved meteor impact site on earth. Participants can go on an optional one mile guided tour of the crater rim and walk a portion of its 2.4 mile circumference, or view the crater from the accessible platform. Opportunities to visualize the impact event can be enjoyed when visiting the sites impressive museum and watching the 80' wide movie theatre screen. The museum also houses numerous interactive exhibits and on display is the largest chunk discovered of the several hundred thousand ton meteor. Return to Flagstaff in time for lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at the south campus University dining facility. Enjoy a wide selection of items including a salad and soup bar, sandwich bar, pastas, hot chicken sandwiches, mexican wraps, and more. Walk 200 yards from south dining to our classroom.

Afternoon: Following lunch, enjoy two presentations. The first is a discussion on current NASA projects, its space station and humans in space. Following a short break, the presentation will be on archaeo-astronomy in the Southwest: what did the ancestral puebloans know about the night sky, how did they know it and how did we know that they knew it.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: After dinner, the choices are yours for a free evening. Explore historic downtown Flagstaff, visit Northern Arizona University, or relax as you like.

Lodging: Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Less than ¼ mile from the canyon rim.

Contact info:
Grand Canyon Village
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com

Room amenities: Telephone, TV, alarm clock, private bath.

Facility amenities: Full service cafeteria, gift shop, guest laundry facilities and medical services. Trailheads for hiking adjacent to property. Pick up points for South Rim shuttles on property.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Four: Friday, June 27 - Geology/Desert View Watchtower
Note: Several short walks at Grand Canyon viewpoints, after dark walk around telescope viewing area at Mather Point

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel to include waffles, hard boiled eggs, fresh fruits, pastries, bagels, cereals, muffins, juices, milk and coffee.

Morning: The morning presentation will be on Geology of the Grand Canyon. Following the presentation we will board the bus or vans for the trip to the Grand Canyon - first stop being the old Cameron Trading Post on the Little Colorado River.

Lunch: Lunch in the Cameron Trading Post dinning room.

Afternoon: After lunch at the trading post, we climb up the Colorado Plateau to the Little Colorado Overlook, and then on to the eastern entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park at Desert View. Walk 200 yards to the Desert View Watchtower. The Watchtower was designed by Mary Colter in 1932 to resemble the watchtowers of the ancestral puebloans. Time permitting, we then follows the eastern expanse of the South Rim, stopping at Yavapai Point to view the expansive sight of 1.8 billion years of geologic development. Late afternoon check-in at a south rim Grand Canyon lodge (usually either Maswik or Yavapai lodge).

Dinner: Dinner at the Cafe of our South Rim lodge.

Evening: After dinner will be the first of our two nights of the Grand Canyon Star Party. Begin with a talk relating to a current astronomical topic or related research. Once things get dark, stroll the parking lot of Mather Point on the South Rim where approximately 40 telescopes are pointed at the skies above. Each telescope is set up by an amateur astronomer who is more than willing to share their passion. With the limited light pollution of the Grand Canyon, you will see more than you can imagine!

Lodging: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Less than ¼ mile from the canyon rim.

Contact info:
Grand Canyon Village
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
web: www.grandcanyonlodges.com

Room amenities: Telephone, TV, alarm clock, private bath.

Facility amenities: Full service cafeteria, gift shop, guest laundry facilities and medical services. Trailheads for hiking adjacent to property. Pick up points for South Rim shuttles on property.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Saturday, June 28 - Grand Canyon hike along the rim./Free Time/Grand ...
Note: Optional one mile Guided history walk around Grand Canyon Village; Free afternoon to explore Grand Canyon; Return to Mather Point for another evening of the Grand Canyon Star Party

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Grand Canyon Lodge Cafe. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.

Morning: After breakfast. Go on a guided tour of the Grand Canyon Village Historic District, followed by free time to explore the village or walk along the rim or explore the canyon.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Grand Canyon.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time in the Canyon to explore on your own. Now is your chance to try a short hike into the canyon along the famed Bright angel Trail, take a park service shuttle to one of the majestic West Rim viewpoints, tour the many historic building and shops of the Grand Canyon Village, or just find a quiet place on the rim and contemplate this world wonder.

Dinner: Dinner at the Cafe of our Grand Canyon lodge.

Evening: After dinner will be the second of our two nights of the Grand Canyon Star Party. Begin with a talk relating to a current astonomical topic or related research. Once things get dark, stroll the parking lot of Mather Point on the South Rim where approximately 40 large telescopes are pointed at the skies above. Each telescope is set up by an amateur astronomer who is more than willing to share their passion. With the limited light pollution of the Grand Canyon, you will see more than you can imagine!

Lodging: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Sunday, June 29 - Departure/Departure from Grand Canyon for return ...
Depart From: Program ends in Flagstaff by 10:30 AM at the starting hotel after program wrap-up.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Cafe of our Grand Canyon lodge. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ.Points of Interest w/in 30 minutes of Flagstaff: Sinagua period ruins at Walnut Canyon and Wupatki National Monuments; Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument; the Native American artifacts and collections housed at the Museum of Northern Arizona, which also presents Native American performances and demonstrations; Downtown Flagstaff & old Route 66, Lowell Observatory, which discovered the planet Pluto. In the Oak Creek / Sedona area 1 hour south: Massive sandstone cliffs and riparian beauty of Oak Creek Canyon; Sedona red rock monoliths and the surrounding Secret Mountain Wilderness; Sedona’s fine art and jewelry galleries and its international cuisines; Sedona New Age vortex offerings, the Sinagua ruins at Montezuma’s Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments, Jerome, AZ a mining ghost town. In other outlying areas: Hopi & Navajo Reservations, the Mary Colter designed La Posada Hotel / Restaurant at Winslow, AZ, Grand Canyon Railroad at Williams, AZ and the Grand Canyon National Park.
For additional information, visit: www.flagstaffarizona.org

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